STANLEY® 2015 Build Your America Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and helped make The STANLEY® 2015 Build Your America Contest a success. Five grand prize winners have been chosen to receive home repairs valued up to $10,000. STANLEY® and House of Heroes™  will help perform repairs to the homes of each contest winner. It's just a small token of our appreciation for those who deserve it most.

Congratulations to James P. of Carmi, IL!

James served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. While serving in the 71st Aviation Company in South Vietnam, his helicopter was struck by hostile gunfire and crashed into a rice field. James was taken as a prisoner of war. After spending 1,887 days in captivity he was released in March of 1973. Despite his capture, James stayed in the Army and served his country until he retired in 1986. As a retired war veteran, James committed his time to helping other veterans find employment and assists them with obtaining benefits. In recognition of his service, James was nominated to receive plumbing repairs and other miscellaneous home repairs.

Congratulations to Zeak W. of El Paso, TX!

Zeak served in the United States Army for 20 years and has a reputation in his community for selflessness. After retiring from the military, he gave up his secondary career to move back to his hometown to care for his elderly grandmother. He managed her medical appointments and all aspects of her care until her passing - all while dealing with his own injuries he sustained during his military service. Zeak is very active in his local church and frequently hosts church gatherings in his home. Zeak was nominated to receive help with a well-deserved landscaping project at his house.

Congratulations to Timothy S. of Bogalusa, LA!


Timothy served as a dedicated police officer for 21 years until 2013 when he had to retire early due to an injury sustained in the line of duty. Timothy now walks with the aid of a cane and may soon become dependent on a wheelchair. Despite his disability, Timothy remains an active member of his community. Most recently, he helped give Christmas gifts to children in a local group home. Timothy was nominated to receive wheelchair ramps for the front and back doors of his home.  

Congratulations to Philip L. of Columbus, OH!

Philip is a Korean War Era veteran. Although his years in as an active duty member of the military are behind him, Philip still serves his country by supporting veterans and active duty service members. Philip provides comfort and transportation to homeless, disabled and medically fragile service men and women by bringing them to medical and personal appointments. Philip was nominated to receive repairs to the roof, bathroom, rainspout gutters and driveway of his home.

Congratulations to Tarah S. of  Lillington, NC!

Tarah is a United States Army Veteran who served for over six years. During her time with the Army, she served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, Tarah is a dedicated wife and mother of one. In recognition for her service, Tarah was nominated to receive plumbing repairs at her family home.